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The owner of a pizzeria formerly infested with cockroaches is encouraging customers to return after pest controllers dealt with the insects.

Pizza Line in Kendal Parade, Edmonton reopened on Tuesday – less than a week after it was shut down by environmental health inspectors – after owners employed pest controllers to remove the insects. 

The takeaway was immediately closed on November 28 when Enfield Borough Council officers paid a surprise visit after a customer spotted cockroaches lurking on the premises.

Owner Ahmed Yaz said: “We just did the best treatment and it’s all completely gone.”

He said customers should put concerns about the restaurant’s hygiene behind them as staff have put in every effort to ensure the bugs have been eradicated.

He added: “They don’t need to worry about anything."

The owners were forced to pay £879 in costs to the council and clean up before inspectors paid another visit on Tuesday.

The council’s cabinet member for environment, Councillor Chris Bond, told the Enfield Independent on Tuesday that the council will not tolerate people operating “pest-infested restaurants” in the borough.